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June 20, 2013

Board approves Garris as new Elkmont principal


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The other four finalists were Piney Chapel Elementary School principal William “Bill” Hardyman, whose contract was renewed Tuesday for three years; Hartselle High School guidance counselor and director of athletics Johnny Berry; Mobile County seventh-grade math teacher Dr. Hunteria Nelson; and former James Clemens High School assistant principal Dr. Travis Schrimsher Jr., who was hired Tuesday as the new principal at Decatur High School.

“Any one of the five finalists could do the job very well, and we had an outstanding pool of applicants that made the final decision very difficult,” said Sisk, who marked his one-year anniversary Tuesday as the school system’s top administrator. “In the end, Mr. Garris’s replies to interview questions, his interaction with the teacher committee and his solid academic record led me to believe he would be the best choice for the job.”

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